The 210th anniversary of the Battle of Montereau will be celebrated on 17 and 18 February 2024 in Montereau-Fault-Yonne, France.
On 17 and 18 February 2024, the municipality of Montereau-Fault-Yonne invites you to relive this remarkable episode in Napoleon's history, which left its mark on the town's local history as well as the history of France and Europe.
600 re-enactors, including 500 soldiers from all over Europe with horses, cannons and horse-drawn carriages, will take you back to Napoleon's last victory during the French campaign, and (re)discover the military and civil societies of the Napoleonic period. Battle re-enactments, a bivouac, a civilian village, dance demonstrations, exhibitions and swap meets, and a rock opera will enliven an eclectic, family-friendly programme. Everyone will be able to take part in the parade through the town alongside the troops of re-enactors.
For the first time, Horace Vernet's famous painting entitled "Napoleon at Montereau" will be recreated at the Belvedere, the very spot where the Emperor, responding to his officers' concerns about his exposure to enemy fire, is said to have uttered the words that have gone down in history: "Come on, my friends, don't be afraid, the cannonball that will kill me hasn't melted yet!
To find out more and discover the full programme, visit: https://www.ville-montereau77.fr/event/lultime-bataille/